Florida is ranked No. 11 in the newest rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee, released Tuesday night on ESPN.
The Gators fell one spot despite their victory over Vanderbilt to clinch the SEC East on Saturday. LSU remained ahead of Florida despite its loss to Alabama, one-loss Stanford, Oklahoma State, and Utah all leap-frogged Florida, and both TCU and Michigan State now sit behind the Gators after suffering their first losses of 2015.
The Gators now sit behind five one-loss teams, and seven spots removed from the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. Florida could knock off either Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship Game, and would vault in the pecking order as a result.
But the selection committee clearly doesn't see the Gators' résumé to this point as deserving of a top-10 spot, and Mississippi suffering its third loss of the season last Saturday certainly didn't help. If Florida's going to make a Playoff run, it will require help — and, quite obviously, winning the SEC.